EUGENE, Ore. – Makayla Scurlock is a second generation Sheldon high school athlete. Her mother, father, three aunts, two uncles, and her brother attended Sheldon High School. As a three sport athlete, balancing basketball, soccer, and track & field she's quickly carving a path to leave a mark of her own.
"For me it's definitely an honor to be able to even play sports here at the high school and with them having already been playing and everything," Scurlock says. "I think it's actually really cool because especially doing track, the coaches knew my aunt and uncles and they're like oh yea you're a Broadus cause that's my mother's maiden name. So I thought it was really cool, because legacy lives on."
After playing at Sheldon, her brother went on to play football at George Fox University, but growing up alongside him, Makayla learned how to be what she calls "rough and tough." At a young age, she grew so use to playing sports with her brother that she preferred to play with the boys rather the girls.
Scurlock says, ""Elementary school I was one of the tomboys, so I would always want to play basketball, or like kickball. or football during recess and everything. Being around them definitely I think motivated me more to become more competitive in that playing field. Cause they were always so competitive and I just wanted to beat them at everything, so playing with them and doing all of that kind of stuff was a big motivator for me."
Just as big of a role sports played in her life, so too does religion. The Scurlock family attends Eugene Christian Fellowship where she volunteers, sings on the worship team, and serves as a youth leader.
"My personal relationship with God is everything to me," Scurlock said. "You know especially before games and everything I'll pray. I'll ask for protection from him for my teammates for me, for the other team most of the time too."
She credits her involvement with the community, passion for helping others, and leadership values to one of her biggest role models, her mother.
Scurlock said, "She's definitely shown me how to be a leader and how to show that compassion towards others and; you know even when they're not being so nice to you, you just always got to love them and treat them with the utmost respect."
Makayla is currently a junior and has one more year after this season at Sheldon. as of right now, she says she has no plans of shutting down one of her extracurricular activities to focus on basketball. But her dreams to play the sport at the next level lives on.
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